Any medical specialty is usually a long haul, which rewards persistence and flexibility. General surgery requires 5 years of general surgery residency, after 4 years of medical school. To specialize in a surgical specialty such as plastic surgery, there is another 3 year (usually) fellowship after the general surgery residency. Some programs may vary I believe. At each step, you need to apply and be accepted - medical school, surgical residency program, and plastic fellowship. But at each step you gain a lot of experience which helps you develop a greater enthusiasm for you goal, or sometimes change it to another goal. I am not a plastic surgeon, but talking directly to someone who is, and finding out what they like and dislike about their job, will help you see if it is a good fit for you. Perhaps even getting a job /volunteering to work in the office would help you see what it is like. If they work with you, then they may also be able to be a reference or offer advice for you to advance your career goals.
Last updated Sep 02 '17 at 12:16